From "Crust Fund," by NYT culture editor Sam Sifton, in today's NYT Magazine:
Jay McInerney has a new book out this month, “How It Ended,” short stories taken from across his 25-year career. There is plenty of cocaine in them, and good wine. There are yellow ties, damaged women. People try to quit smoking and share illicit kisses. There are hangovers. There is less darkness than you might imagine. Everything pretty much works out.
There is no pizza in McInerney’s work — and pizza is what we are about today — but that last fact, that essential optimism of his, may be applied to the business of making pies. It is why you should never listen to the deadbeats who tell you that it’s hard, that it can’t be done at home, that if you are baking pizza at home then what you are making is somehow not pizza because you don’t have a professional pizza oven that burns at 800 degrees.